Friday, April 1, 2016

Smarty has been writing poetry on and off since she was in preK. Now, at 9, she is getting interested in how to make her poems more interesting. Here is her attempt at a metaphor poem.
Poetry for kids: using metaphors in poems

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How to Write Poems


I stumbled upon across a great book in the library that is very helpful for young (and old) poets - How to Write Poems by Wes Magee. This book gives a brief introduction to different types of poems and then every double page explores specific technique that might be useful for poetry writing. For some reason, Smarty was especially interested in the page that explored metaphors and similes and was inspired to write her own metaphor poem about spring.

Using Metaphors to Write a Spring Poem


Each page of the book also contains "springboard" section with ideas for writing your own poems, Smarty penned this poem about spring, and then typed it up and decorated it:

Spring is buds, 
Bursting open in the sun. 
It is a story,
Which many people read for fun. 

Spring is happiness, 
Singing in a choir. 
It is sunbeams, 
Coming down from up higher.

Spring is the joy 
Of children everywhere. 
It is the time 
You can roam without care. 

Spring is a wonderful 
Time of the year,
So everyone, 
Give it a marvelous cheer! 

1, 2, 3, Spring!

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2 comments:

Ticia said...

That looks like a good book to get. I have to at some point put off teaching poetry. I'm just being childish and complaining about doing it.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

That is a great poem! I bet Emma would enjoy this book. Johnny and Lily might, too - they have both written a few poems for school this year.